Aston Villa mocked Jack Grealish after signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.
Grealish received a frosty reception on his return to Villa Park with Manchester City earlier this season after leaving his childhood club in the summer.
Pep Guardiola has fulfilled his ambitions to play Champions League football and has shelled out £ 100million for the 26-year-old.
Unfortunately, his first season in the Northwest was marred by inconsistencies.
But his former club have seen a mini-resurgence under Steven Gerrard following the sacking of Dean Smith and apparently has a spring in his step despite three straight losses.
With the January transfer window open, it allowed the former England captain to strengthen his squad and he wasted no time in acquiring runaway Brazilian Coutinho.
The ex-Liverpool star had not reached the heights he reached at Anfield in La Liga and saw his talent used as a burden to allow former City striker Ferran Torres to be recorded.
And the 29-year-old has already been immortalized with a song, although he didn’t kick a ball in the burgundy and blue after landing on English soil for the first time on Tuesday.
To the tune of Wham’s Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go !, the song reads:
“Wake me up before you go, who needs Grealish when you have Coutinho?” “
The eye-catching playmaker’s signing was a mark of intent at Villa Park as Gerrard seeks to change the mindset in the Midlands.
It’s fair to say that for Grealish her ties to the club were severed long before the new chant was formulated, her late introduction to her old pitch saw corners of the stadium chant “Villa ’till I die” when ‘he figured.
But that didn’t stop him applauding the fans after the permanent whistle.
The Blues return to action on Saturday against Chelsea. Guardiola’s side are looking to widen the gap between themselves and Londoners as they lead the Premier League table by 10 points.
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